Controversial incidents prompt student outcry, administration response

After a series of incidents across campus, including eggings and vandalism, stoked controversy among students, senior administration officials responded in a campus-wide email last Friday outlining their support for an accepting campus culture. The incidents mentioned in the email, titled “Affirming our Values and Support for Students,” included a series of eggings that took place […]


Judith Altmann delivers Hillel’s keynote address on Holocaust and genocide education

Tufts Hillel hosted Judith Altmann, a Holocaust survivor and educator, as part of its Cummings/Hillel Program for Holocaust and Genocide Education last night for a lecture sharing her story of surviving disease, death marches and Auschwitz. Altmann shared a number of heartbreaking stories, from witnessing the death of dozens of close family members to her […]


Tufts community responds to antisemitic flyers at open forum

The Tufts community grappled with hatred on campus in an open forum at the Interfaith Center yesterday, the latest in a series of university responses to last week’s antisemitic incident at the Granoff Family Hillel Center. On Tuesday morning, Rabbi Naftali Brawer, Neubauer executive director of Tufts Hillel, discovered over two dozen posters plastered on the […]


Editorial: Hillel postering a blatant act of antisemitism

Close to two dozen posters critical of American and Israeli policy were found at the Tufts Granoff Family Hillel Center on Feb. 12. We believe these posters are intended to distress Jewish students. Antisemitism is a racist ideology that sees Jewish people as ‘other’. This ideology often manifests as anti-Jewish imagery and propaganda, including medieval […]


Rabbi, transgender ally speaks at Hillel about trans rights

Rabbi Mike Moskowitz, a transgender rights advocate whose outspoken views on gender identity prompted his ouster from an Orthodox congregation in Harlem, N.Y., spoke Monday at the Granoff Family Hillel Center about his advocacy, Question 3 on this year’s Massachusetts ballot and interpreting religious texts to find support for transgender people in the Jewish community. Moskowitz is an ordained ultra-Orthodox rabbi […]


Naftali Brawer to succeed Jeffrey Summit as executive director of Tufts Hillel

Rabbi Naftali Brawer, a published writer and the chief executive of a London-based think tank, will succeed Rabbi Jeffrey Summit as the Jewish chaplain and Neubauer Executive Director of Tufts Hillel, according to Patrick Collins, Tufts’ executive director of public relations. Brawer has taught in Jewish communities in Chile, Colombia and Venezuela, as well as in London. […]


Merrin Moral Voices hosts Reproductive Rights in Prisons event

Assistant Professor of Sociology Jill Weinberg discussed the reproductive rights and healthcare of incarcerated women at a Merrin Moral Voices-sponsored lecture at Hillel on Wednesday. Merrin Moral Voices is a Hillel initiative that aims to highlight the importance of speaking up on social justice issues through a distinguished lecture series, events and partnerships with student organizations, according to their […]


TCU Senate discusses plans for upperclassmen village, housing lottery reform

The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate met last night in the Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room to discuss themed housing project Capen Village, review the social scene around homecoming and hear a presentation from Associate Director of Housing Operations Matthew Austin of possible changes to the housing lottery system. TCU President Benya Kraus opened the meeting, reporting on the progress of Capen Village, […]


Op-ed: On dialogue

We, the members of Tufts Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), write to update the Tufts community on our campaign to divest from companies complicit in the Israeli occupation. After successfully passing our resolution through the Tufts Community Union Senate on a 17-6-8 vote, we continue to pressure the Board of Trustees into action, namely divestment […]


‘Not Your Grandmother’s Seder’ blends Jewish themes with contemporary theater

On the first page of the program for “Not Your Grandmother’s Seder,” a Passover-inspired cabaret night that took place on Saturday, is a quote from Milton Berle: “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” The show, hosted by Tufts Hillel and directed and produced by sophomores Amanda Freedman and Isabel Silverston, incorporated songs and scenes from contemporary theater as […]


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